EIGHTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT
500 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
The Eighth Coast Guard District, headquartered in New Orleans, covers all or part of 26 states throughout the Gulf Coast and heartland of America. It stretches from the Appalachian Mountains and Chattahoochee River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border in North Dakota. Part of the Department of Homeland Security, the men and women of the Eighth District are vital in protecting the 1,200 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland navigable waterways in their area of responsibility.
The Eighth District is home to two of the nation’s busiest ports: New Orleans and Houston. More than 2 million barrels of oil and 1 million tons of cargo are imported daily. Seventeen of the 40 busiest ports by tonnage are in the Eighth District. Additionally, more than 65 percent of the nation’s liquefied natural gas activity and 11 percent of crude oil refining capacity are in the Port Arthur/Lake Charles region alone.
There are more than 6,500 oil- and gas-producing wells and 130 mobile offshore drilling units in the Gulf of Mexico that keep the district’s Marine Safety program gainfully employed. Five of the top seven fishing ports in the country are in the district. They account for nearly 40 percent of the catch of U.S. commercial fishers. Protecting the U.S. borders is the key to ensuring the free flow of commerce and the safety of our citizens.
There are approximately 4,400 active-duty and Reserve billets, 4,300 auxiliarists and 350 civilian positions assigned to the Eighth District. The Eighth District is also home to four air stations, 15 search and rescue stations, 14 aids-to-navigation teams, three Bessel traffic services and five Long Range to Navigation (LORAN) stations. Surface assets include two 210-foot medium endurance cutters, 17 87-foot patrol boats, 19 river tenders, one 225-foot buoy tender, two 175-foot coastal buoy tenders and three 64-foot self-propelled barges. There are also three Coast Guard Auxiliary regions in the Eighth District’s area of responsibility: New Orleans, St. Louis and Louisville, Kentucky.
For more information, go online to www.uscg.mil/d8.
COAST GUARD SECTOR
200 Hendee St.
New Orleans, LA 70114
The headquarters of Sector New Orleans is in the newly constructed Federal City on the Westbank of New Orleans in Algiers, a state-of-the-art complex that will attract thousands of federal and private-sector workers during the next 10 years.
The area of responsibility (AOR) for Sector New Orleans encompasses three search-and-rescue stations, four 87-foot patrol boats, three marine safety units, two buoy tenders and four aids to navigation teams. The Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Port of South Louisiana, Port of New Orleans, Saint Bernard Port, Port of Plaquemines, Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) are all part of Sector New Orleans. South Louisiana is home to the busiest port complex in the Western Hemisphere, with approximately 6,000 vessel arrivals annually. The Intracoastal Waterway also cuts through Sector New Orleans’ AOR. Originally envisioned to carry 8 million tons of cargo when it was built in the 1920s, the Intracoastal Waterway now carries 120 million tons of freight per year.
COAST GUARD BASE
1790 Saturn Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70129
The history of Base New Orleans begins with the establishment of the Lighthouse Service’s New Orleans Depot in 1934 next to what was to become the present-day Industrial Canal lock. In 1939, the Lighthouse Service was integrated into the Coast Guard, and in 1949 that facility was officially designated a Coast Guard Base. In 1966, a base machine shop was built, and construction of the administrative building and barracks began the following year. On July 1, 1987, the base was designated as Support Center New Orleans under the Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic.
On May 29, 1996, Support Center New Orleans became Integrated Support Command New Orleans (ISC). In 2003, the Naval Engineering Support Unit and Electronics Engineering Support Unit (ESU) were placed under the authority of the ISC.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina severely damaged the site and forced the ISC and its tenants to relocate. Two of the original buildings from the 1934 New Orleans Depot remain on the site in what was the ISC’s Industrial Division portion of the base. The ISC temporarily relocated to the Louisiana Convention Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, immediately after Katrina struck, then moved back to New Orleans in December 2005, using vacant spaces at the east bank of the (then) Naval Support Activity on Poland Avenue.
In September 2006, the ISC moved to its new base as a tenant of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans East. This modular building facility was intended to be temporary in anticipation of a permanent one being built on adjacent property within the NASA MAF.
On May 12, 2010, the new complex ribbon-cutting ceremony opened the permanent facility now known as Base New Orleans. This $89 million facility sits on 26 acres and represents the largest single facility contract in Coast Guard history. Base New Orleans is responsible for financial, personnel, work-life, housing, industrial, facilities engineering and medical and dental support to the more than 900 personnel assigned to the region’s various units.
The nearly 86,000-square-foot administrative building houses offices, a medical unit, dental facilities, a galley and classrooms for the Gulf Regional Fisheries Training Center (GRFTC). The GRFTC trains law enforcement agents from the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies from Brownsville, Texas, to Key West, Florida. There are also berthing space, a gym and a Coast Guard exchange.
The 57,000-square-foot industrial building is home to an engine and electric shop, an air conditioning and refrigeration shop, a carpentry shop and a welding shop. The industrial building also has an additional 7,200 square feet of covered storage. Waterfront facilities consist of a pier, a wharf and a floodwall gate, which is used to transport vessels and buoys to the industrial building.